The Institute of Health Sciences and Nursing offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and a Master of Arts degree in Nursing. The Nursing curriculum, which is based on the 3 frameworks: competency, community, and evidence, is the core of the program's success in producing world class Nurses.
The Institute of Nursing offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Arts degree in Nursing. The curriculum, which is based on the 3 frameworks: competency, community, and evidence, is the core of IN’s success in producing world class Nurses.
Course offerings evolve from a philosophical belief that the goal of nursing is to assist consumers of care to reach their health goals. The nurse uses caring behaviors and the science of nursing to achieve these goals.
The product then, of the Institute of Nursing, is a nursing leader or a nurse with a potential for leadership who is value driven, a critical thinker, technologically proficient, committed to the profession and who cares very deeply about providing safe, quality, and humane care. This mission is accomplished through modeling behavior, mentoring, and motivating by faculty members.
With the VINES Laboratory (Virtual Integrated Nursing Education Simulation) in full operation, IN aims to teach nursing skills iteratively and sequentially without harming patients. It seeks to become the Center for Excellence in Nursing Simulation in the Philippines and Asia.
The Institute of Nursing aims to develop graduates who are value-driven, critical thinkers, technologically proficient, research-oriented with leadership abilities who are committed to the profession to provide safe, quality and human care.
The Institute of Nursing started as a School of Nursing in June 1955, with an initial enrollment of 86 students in the freshman class. It was founded three years after the establishment of the FEU Institute of Medicine. It obtained its government recognition from the Department of Education on June 9, 1958 with Mrs. Teofista G. Villarica as its first principal. The School of Nursing started a three year diploma program leading to a non degree Graduate in Nursing (GN).
By the second semester, a two year advanced Professional Program (Supplemental Program) was offered. It was a post graduate program, the primary objective of which was to provide an opportunity for graduates of the GN program to broaden their knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the profession and to provide for appreciation towards clinical teaching and public health nursing. Mrs.
Lucrecia Llanera was the first directress under the new program.
The course began with 32 students, most of them now holding important positions in different health agencies and schools of nursing, both in national and international settings. The Rizal Provincial Hospital (now Rizal Medical Center) served as the first hospital affiliation where students obtained their clinical experience. It is interesting to note that the hospital is still one of the institute’s base hospitals.
The first years of the school were difficult ones. Temporary measures had to be adopted particularly in the matter of accommodations for the residence of the student nurses. The first nurse’s home was located in the practice house adjoining the Girl’s High School and the University Hospital which was then under construction. The Residence Counselors were Mrs. Laurentina M.Perlada, a graduate nurse working on a full time basis, assisted by three part time graduate nurses namely; Ms. Elisea Candelaria, Ms. Loreta Antonio and Purificacion Ocampo. Of the 86 students admitted during the first years of the school, only 55 graduated in 1958, and yet two of them were among the top notchers in the year’s board examination for nurses. All candidates who were certified by the school passed the board examination with highly satisfactory marks.
In 1959, Mrs. Teofista Villarica and Mrs. Lucrecia Llanera resigned as principal and directress of the Diploma and Supplemental Programs. Dr. Alejandro Roces , who was the Acting Chairman of the School of Nursing committee, appointed Mrs. Polly Ontimare as Acting Principal of the Diploma Program, while he took charge of the Advanced Professional Program until the appointment of Mrs. Felicidad D. Elegado on August 6,1960. Mrs. Felicidad Elegado assumed office as Principal of both programs. By consistent search for new horizons, the school of nursing was elevated to the status of an Institute with Dean Felicidad D. Elegado as its Dean.
In June 1961, the five year straight baccalaureate program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) was established. The following year (1962), supplemental BSN program for graduate nurses began. The last batch of GN program graduated in 1964 while the supplemental program was terminated in 1976.
In 1976 the BSN curriculum went back to the four year baccalaureate program. Class 1980-A was last graduates of the five year program. In 1978 Dean Elegado retired and Ms. Lydia A. Palaypay, the Institute Secretary, was appointed to replace her. In 1984, the BSN curriculum was revised into a competency based, community-oriented curriculum.
In 1989, it was mandated that only one program, the BSN program, would be the preparation of the professional nurse. This was considered as important milestone in nursing education. Dean Palaypay was appointed Vice-President for academic affairs in 1995 and was replaced by Dean Norma M. Dumadag who served the institute until her retirement in May 2006.
Under the leadership of Dean Dumadag, the Institute was granted Level II accreditation status by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) through the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (P AASCU). It was also during her time that the Institute of Graduate Studies (IGS) through its Dean, Dr. Corazon V. Jose started offering the Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN) with four major fields. Then IN Associate Dean, Dr. Glenda S. Arquiza became its first program coordinator.
During the administration of Dean Dumadag, the Commission on Higher Education, issued CMO No. 27 series of 1998 wherein the BSN curriculum was reconfigured effective SY 1998-1999. This memorandum required the students to undergo two years of Associate in Health Science Education (AHSE) which is a certification program for those who would like to enter any health science program after two years. Hence, the Institute of Nursing provided two programs, the AHSE program for 1st year and 2nd year students. And to those who would like to continue their nursing profession may continue to the BSN program as 3rd year and 4th year students.
Because of the consistent and sterling performance of nursing graduates in the licensure exams over the years and after complying with the CHED’s requirements on graduate education, the Institute of Graduate studies was certified to offer a master’s degree in nursing. In 2005 the MAN program was vertically articulated with the BSN program. Its administration was placed under the Institute of Nursing until present.
The Institute of Nursing had a significant increase of its enrollees from 343 in SY 2004-2005 to a total of 997 in SY 2005-2006, same year when the Institute of Nursing celebrated its 50th year of foundation. Also, in this school year, Dean Norma M. Dumadag filed her retirement, hence, a new dean was appointed in July 2006 in the person of Dr. Annabelle R. Borromeo. She was joined by two Associate Deans: Dr. Glenda S. Arquiza who handled the BSN program and Dr. Ma Belinda G. Buenafe for the AHSE program.
In 2006-2007, the number of enrollees in the graduating level alone soared higher to a total of 2,726. This was also the year when the national issue of leakage in the June 2006 Nurse Licensure Examination took place and consequently, the FEU-IN issued a position paper for re-take. Due to this circumstance, and with the Institute’s effort to prepare the graduating students in the licensure examination, Dr. Borromeo, together with the then Associate Dean for BSN Program, Dr. Glenda S. Arquiza, started the In-house Nursing Review Program in 2006. The In-house nursing review program continued for three years until it was integrated into the curriculum as Nursing Competency Appraisal in 2009.
Dr. Borromeo lead the Institute in the optimization and utilization of technology through e-learning where students engage in video discussions, demonstrations and examination in addition to the traditional classroom teaching.
The optimal use of the Virtual Integrated Nursing Education Simulation(VINES) Laboratory also started whereby students are able to practice their skills through human patient simulators and other state-of-the art equipment in a realistic hospital setting. This is also the period wherein there was an increase in the linkage to hospitals and clinic affiliations in Metro Manila and extended until Bulacan, Cavite and Batangas.
Amidst all the adjustments and meeting all needs of the vast number of students, the Institute of Nursing managed to retain its Level II Re-accreditation status by PAASCU in 2008.
In the year 2007-2008, FEU-IN tied up with Guanghua Nurse Fund of China which welcomes Chinese nursing students both in the undergraduate and master programs of Nursing.
A new BSN Curriculum stipulated by CHED CMO No.05 was implemented in SY 2008-2009. This memorandum abolished the AHSE program leaving Batch 2011 the last group under this curriculum. This allows the student to take the Anatomy and Physiology, Related Learning Experience and NCM 100 – Fundamentals of Nursing as early as the second semester of the first year.
During this school year, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) proposed a new curriculum to be implemented effective SY 2009-2010.
In 2009, Dr. Glenda S. Arquiza was appointed as the seventh Dean of the Institute of Nursing. During her administration, the new curriculum was implemented whereby all first year students enter the Institute of Nursing, all under the BSN program. Dr. Arquiza pushed faculty and students to make use of the Nursing Online and the practice of Evidence-Based Nursing to further enhance the competency in the education of future nurses.
As Dr. Arquiza retired in 2011 and was appointed as member of the Philippine Board of Nursing, she was then replaced by Dr. Rosalinda P. Salustiano who envisioned to increase the culture of research among faculty and students. Programs were made to increase the skills on both faculty and students in research. It was also during Dr. Salustiano’s administration when various linkages were made locally and internationally. Partnership with Anhui and Taishan Universities in China were made in 2012 bringing the first batch of Chinese MAN graduate students in the year 2013 to undergo a special one year full-time MAN program.
In 2013, the former IN Associate Dean, Dr. Ma Belinda G. Buenafe was appointed as the new Dean of IN becoming the first IN Alumna to hold the said position. This administration focused on six main areas: curriculum, faculty, research, community, accreditation and linkages.
Changes in the curriculum was made through a thorough review and modification of the syllabi in accordance with the CHED recommendation to have a paradigm shift from competency-based education to outcomes-based education. Although the faculty faced the tedious work of changing the curriculum, it was also during this time when the number of enrollees plummet due to two major reasons: first, the high unemployment rate of nurses in the Philippines, and; second, the implementation of K-12 which ceased the enrollment of first year during the first semester of 2016. Due to these events, challenges in keeping the employment of faculty were overcome by IN and the FEU administration by making various offers such as faculty research programs, administrative positions, early retirement, graduate studies scholarships, leave without pay and redundancy.
Albeit all the major changes that IN experiences, Dr. Buenafe was able to lead the IN students and its graduates in increasing the Nurse Licensure Examination pass rate by implementing programs such as the Periodic Monitoring of Student’s Academic Performance (PMSAP), remedial classes, Mock Board On Line (MBOL) and enhancement classes.
At present, the Institute is LEVEL 3 PAASCU accredited and currently working for it’s level 4 accreditation status and continues to provide programs to achieve its goal of creating and shaping globally competitive nurse leaders.